SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium
120 E Broadway, Bloomington, MN, USA
SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium Bloomington Reviews
Definitely sea life in this place! Sep 25, 2015
Located in the Mall of America, I visited an aquarium back in 2008, when it was called Underwater Adventures. I was very disappointed by it. Since then, this aquarium has gone through renovations and has been renamed SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium.
Going down some escalators, it starts out with a pool of stingrays, where one can touch them. Then it gets into separate parts, with different types of marine life. Starting with one of the highlights of this place, the room with cylinder tanks of different types and colors of jellyfish in a dark room. Looked more like some kind of nightclub room.
After that, there also a variety of crabs, seahorses, and other types of fishes on display as well. They are nice to look at, as they have been added during the renovations. Some of the descriptions are on a computer pad, which you have to scroll to get to read all of the description. The problem is sometimes they can freeze.
The other big highlight, the Tunnel, which is an underwater shark tunnel. Divided into 4 separate parts, representing the different parts of the world, which include Amazon, Rainbow Reef, Atlantis, and Sturgeon Lake. The 4th one is more of a local focus in Minnesota. Easily, the Tunnel was the best part, and nice to walk through, as you will see different types of sharks and sawfish and others.
Last part is the Mysteries of the Rainforest. A small replica of the rainforest, with some reptiles, amphibians, and something called an Oscar. And exiting that part, comes to the end, where you may also see a vet room.
So how does this version of the aquarium compare to its older version? I would say, it was a huge improvement, as they seem to have added more to this place. A lot more, and I feel like, getting much more of my money’s worth!
Speaking of money, definitely buy online, as it is cheaper that way than buying at the ticket desk. That will save a few dollars. But that could only be done at least 1 day ahead of time, and NOT on the same day. Something to remember.
If you are already planning to visit the Mall of America (and I think, you should), then SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium is definitely worth checking out, with an extensive collection of marine life. I give this aquarium, 4 ½ stars out of 5.
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